Will Witherspoon LB STL 8 Months
Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Will Witherspoon will start at weak-side linebacker until Jo-Lonn Dunbar returns from suspension.
Dunbar will miss the first four games. Fisher left open the door for Witherspoon to remain the starter upon Dunbar's return. Witherspoon got pushed around in run defense with the 2012 Titans, so we'd expect Dunbar to reclaim the job. The Rams won't be a fearsome matchup for running backs early in the year.
Will Witherspoon LB STL 9 Months
Rams agreed to terms with LB Will Witherspoon.
The 11-year veteran spent 2006-09 in St. Louis. He was traded to the Eagles midway through the 2009 season. Witherspoon started all 16 games for Jeff Fisher's Titans in 2010. Coming off a bend-but-don't-break type of season in Tennessee, Witherspoon will serve as veteran insurance behind Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis and Jo-Lonn Dunbar. There's no guarantee he'll make the roster, but he should be given every opportunity to do so.
Will Witherspoon LB STL 9 Months
Free agent LB Will Witherspoon is expected to sign with the Rams before training camp starts next week.
The Rams have been on the hunt for veteran depth behind their starting linebacking corps of Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis and Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Witherspoon is on the decline at age 32, but started 16 games for Jeff Fisher in 2010 and spent three-plus seasons with the Rams from 2006-2009.
Will Witherspoon LB STL 11 Months
Free agent LB Will Witherspoon is visiting the Rams on Thursday.
Blast from the past. Witherspoon starred with the Rams from 2006-09, but the tank is running on "E" at 33 years of age. The 12-year veteran started all 16 games under coach Jeff Fisher in 2010 with the Titans. He recorded 47 tackles as a backup in 2012. His visit to St. Louis is his first known trip of free agency.
Will Witherspoon LB STL Mar 01 '13
Free agent LB Will Witherspoon plans to keep playing.
Witherspoon, 32, is an 11-year veteran, and he said his next goal is to get to 15 years in the league. He hasn't heard anything from the Titans, but he says he'd like to re-sign. Tennessee is likely to move on, though, and Witherspoon might have a tough go of it on the market.
Will Witherspoon LB STL Oct 23 '12
Titans LB Will Witherspoon sustained a hamstring injury during Sunday's Week 7 win over the Bills.
The Titans are really thin at linebacker. Colin McCarthy's ankle woes continue to linger, Patrick Bailey has a broken rib and Zac Diles broke his right leg on Sunday. Look for them to add a linebacker shortly.
Will Witherspoon LB STL Oct 08 '12
Titans LB Will Witherspoon didn't play a single defensive snap in Week 5 against the Vikings.
Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy has returned from his high ankle sprain, and second-round rookie Zach Brown has replaced Witherspoon at weak-side linebacker. Witherspoon can be safely dropped in IDP leagues. McCarthy has resumed his every-down role, playing 60-of-69 snaps in the loss to Minnesota.
Will Witherspoon LB STL Jul 30 '12
Will Witherspoon opened camp as the Titans starting weak-side linebacker.
Colin McCarthy is locked in as the three-down middle linebacker and Akeem Ayers is on the strong side. Witherspoon will have to hold off second-round rookie Zach Brown to keep his job. He had 56 tackles and two sacks in that role last year.
Will Witherspoon LB STL Apr 09 '12
The Nashville Tennessean believes OLB Will Witherspoon would keep his starting job if the Titans signed restricted free agent LB Jonathan Casillas.
Witherspoon is due a pricey $3.5 million and has been replacement level at best as a starter the past two seasons, but Casillas doesn't project as more than a reserve and special teamer. Witherspoon could end up facing competition in the form of a draft pick.
Will Witherspoon LB STL Jun 11 '11
Fox Sports' Adam Caplan thinks Will Witherspoon could get a chance to be the Titans' starting middle linebacker this season if free agent Stephen Tulloch departs.
Caplan believes fourth-round pick Colin McCarthy would likely get the first crack at the job should Tulloch leave, however. A middle linebacker earlier in his career, Witherspoon started on the outside for the Titans in 2010.